Definition of elegiac
1a : of, relating to, or consisting of two dactylic hexameter lines the second of which lacks the arsis in the third and sixth feetb (1) : written in or consisting of elegiac couplets (2) : noted for having written poetry in such coupletsc : of or relating to the period in Greece about the seventh century b.c. when poetry written in such couplets flourished
2 : of, relating to, or comprising elegy or an elegy; especially : expressing sorrow often for something now past an elegiac lament for departed youth
elegiacallyplay \ˌe-lə-ˈjī-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Examples of elegiac in a Sentence
the sight of an old ruined church or castle can be a pleasantly elegiac experience
Recent Examples of elegiac from the Web
During the balcony scene or throughout the elegiac fifth act – unfolding in a courtyard enveloped in the soft light of autumn – the light becomes an additional character in this production.
The scale of Ai’s work and the scope of his imagination allow for a beautiful, often elegiac, synthesis of his intellect and the aesthetic—
The response has run the gamut between rank speculation and elegiac mourning.
Most Black novels are elegiac mysteries about Quirke, a pathologist in 1950s Dublin.
Filmed on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, the clip for Styles' elegiac single sees the singer soaring above lush oceanside landscapes before walking across the water.
An elegiac tone runs through this group show, with very good reason: after eighteen years, the discerning gallerists Margaret Murray and Janice Guy are closing their space.
MOONLIGHT’ Bathed in blue and anguish, Mr. Jenkins’s elegiac film traces a single life across three chapters.
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Did You Know?
Elegiac was borrowed into English in the 16th century from the Late Latin elagiacus, which in turn derives from the Greek elegeiakos. "Elegeiakos" traces back to the Greek word for "elegiac couplet" or "elegy," which was "elegeion." It is no surprise, then, that the earliest meaning of "elegiac" referred to such poetic couplets. These days, of course, the word is also used to describe anything sorrowful or nostalgic. As you may have guessed, another descendant of "elegeion" in English is "elegy," which in its oldest sense refers to a poem in elegiac couplets, and now can equally refer to a somewhat broader range of laments for something or someone that is now lost.
Origin and Etymology of elegiac
Late Latin elegiacus, from Greek elegeiakos, from elegeion
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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